Finding the sort of markings I have been looking for has proven to be more of a challenge than I would have suspected. Other than in the West, I have found few of the “grand statements” on the landscape that I thought I would. The reasons could be many. Perhaps the larger concentration of people in all of the areas west of the Rocky Mountains could have some effect. Larger concentration of people yes, but perhaps more so, fewer of the wide open spaces of the west. As I move east through the country, less and less of the land seems to be public, and public land is where many of the marks I seek seem to occur.
The image above is from the Effigy Mounds area in Iowa. Here, people scratched initials into a railing at a lookout point. At another similar location, this one at Taquahomen Falls in Michigan,carved initials and names appeared on this bench as well as the railing. Again at the lookout point of the falls.
Another spot was discovered at Lighthouse Park at the end of the peninsula above Traverse City in Michigan. These two trees in the image below, were virtually the only marked trees in the area – and they were covered. The search goes on. I will be traveling to Canada to visit Montreal and Quebec City, via the Adirondack Mountains in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.